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Did I make the right decision? My thoughts on the Kemper 6 months later

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  • Published on Nov 27, 2022 veröffentlicht
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  • daniel brewer
    daniel brewer 5 months ago +9

    Love my Kemper stage for both live gigs and studio recording. I also use the Kemper speaker in a cabinet and just power it with a Loudster power amp. That setup is fine for mid size gigs. I'm a weekend warrior so that's all I need. Love the Michael Britt Profiles. I think I have them all. I particularly like the Tophat Royale profiles and the Marshall 68. I think those might have been in the 2020 pack if I recall correctly. The MBritt profiles brought the Kemper to life for me. I've been using it for probably about 5 years (first the toaster, now the stage). Glad that you're enjoying yours!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Awesome man, glad you’re enjoying your Kemper rig. I don’t think I got the 2020 pack but I have got quite a lot of his packs already, even the bass pack. Love his stuff. Definitely going to check out these profiles you mentioned 👍

  • Will Potere
    Will Potere 4 months ago +5

    Bought the Kemper 6 months ago (powered toaster) along with the Kemper Kab. They accidentally sent me the powered version and told me to keep it rather than trying to send it back. It has been one of the best decisions I have made. I was concerned about the age, but it is clear that Kemper really made a quality digital amp that has lasted over a decade and will continue to please.

    • J R
      J R 3 months ago

      Mine still surprises me. I have all kinds of gear like a modded triaxis I am profiling and it still amazes me how great it sounds. I honestly think the Kemper has less latency than my valve amps and I am guessing it is in their difference in compression, and sag. Yet it still captures the sag of the amp too.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  4 months ago

      Glad to hear you’re happy with your Kemper rig. I’m absolutely loving mine and the more I use it the happier I am with my decision to go for a Kemper.
      How do you use the power cab with a powered toaster? Do you use the monitor out or the speaker out on the toaster?

  • Dan Schloss
    Dan Schloss 3 months ago +3

    Hi - cool video! I'm also a Kemper convert, after 40+ years as a tube snob, and I find it's generally working out really well for me, both at home and on the gig. I play a powered toaster thru a VERY old 1x12 cab which contains a crappy 12" Pyle driver speaker which I believe is a 70's era knockoff of a Jensen c12n... and it sounds surprisingly FANTASTIC IMO. Unlike the Kemper Kab, my cab is open back, and frankly, I think that makes a big difference in terms of sound dispersion when I play in a band setting. By comparison, I also play thru a Marshall 1936 2x12 closed-back cab which sounds GREAT at home, but is very directional when I play gigs, so I have to depend much more on a monitor mix. I find the open-back cab just works better for me live.
    One issue I do have is that the Kemper is less predictable when I play in a group - a real Fender Deluxe Reverb is always "just right" when I plug in, regardless of setting. The Kemper is much more sensitive to "the playing environment" for some reason, and I find that sometimes the dynamics of the amp are just different depending on the playing setting. Sometimes it's "harder" feeling than my tube setup, yet other times it's just right. Hard to explain, but I'm wondering if others experience what I'm trying to describe. Who knows... but overall I'm very happy with where I'm at, and how it just seems to get better and better over time. Thanks again for the video!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  3 months ago

      Hey Dan, thanks for checking out the video, glad you enjoyed it. I think I know what you mean by saying that it can be a bit unpredictable when playing in a band situation. I definitely experienced that a bit, especially when I was playing my first few gigs using the Kemper rig.
      Luckily I'm getting more comfortable with it now and by placing the cab in a good spot I always hear myself perfectly.

  • HFSswfl
    HFSswfl 3 months ago +5

    I’ve tried all 3 of the big 3 (Kemper, Fractal & Helix) and while they are all amazing in their own right… something about the Kemper for me.. with good high quality profiles, in my ears it’s the closest of all to a real tube amp and ultimately for my purposes it’s exactly what I wanted. Not to mention Kemper as a company is amazing!!! Awesome support and constantly updating and tweaking free of charge.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  3 months ago +1

      Thank you, glad you enjoyed the video. Will definitely check those out! 👍

    • HFSswfl
      HFSswfl 3 months ago +1

      @Kbald you made a great choice! Awesome video too.. check out the TopJimi profiles! They are killer!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  3 months ago +1

      Thanks for your input. I have no experience with the Fractal or the Helix myself but I totally agree with about Kemper as a company. It was after watching an interview with Christoph Kemper on Andertons TV that I was absolutely sold on the idea of buying a Kemper. Really like how they run things.

  • CosmicNed
    CosmicNed 2 months ago +2

    Ive used my Kemper Stage both live & in the studio & it’s amazing… For live I tried using a variety of FRFR monitors but didn’t get on with them- I now use a stereo 2x12 (celestion neo creambacks) open back guitar cab with a 75w per channel power amp & couldn’t be more happy… I’ve got lots of professional profiles but prefer to make my own so i can tailor the tone exactly…

    • CosmicNed
      CosmicNed 2 months ago

      @Kbald Yes - much prefer the ‘thump’ of a real guitar cabinet… I also use the Neo Creamback impulse speaker response as front of house tones so my monitor reflects what the audience hears too… works for me!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  2 months ago

      Awesome man, looks like you’ve got a pretty solid setup there.

  • Simon Pyza
    Simon Pyza 13 days ago

    I`m using my Kemper with JK Oxygen 1 preamp. I couldn`t use any other gear, I'm able to get perfect studio sound on any stage and in any weather conditions. Also the preamp adds the true valve response to Kemper.

  • Slutfi74
    Slutfi74 4 months ago +2

    I have a powered toaster and a 2x12 vertical slant cab that I loaded with Kemper Kones.....in my opinion it's gotta be one of the most simple/versatile rigs you could get. The power available in the head is more than enough for stage volume/monitoring, giving very close to an analog feel as far as moving air. The output options are great as well allowing you to have separate and full control of your stage volume and FOH. I'm surprised more people haven't realized the potential of this setup. About the only thing the stage has over the powered toaster is the ability to use the mobile app...I've also loved how the layout of the head feels very much like a traditional head. Most settings are right where you'd expect to find them, making it probably the easiest digital option to use without editing software.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  4 months ago +1

      Sounds great man, glad you’re happy with your setup. Sounds like you’ve got a pretty solid rig there.

  • Sako-Taco
    Sako-Taco 3 months ago +1

    Fantastic playing dude, love it! Been toying with idea of getting a Kemper after 20+ years of playing analog. I think you've convinced me!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  3 months ago

      Thank you man 🙏 I highly recommend it, the Kemper is such a great studio/live solution. It took me a few gigs to get used to it but now I’m feeling happier after every gig.

  • Ollie Fleming
    Ollie Fleming 5 months ago +3

    Awesome! I totally agree about the MBritt profiles. They're just right. Interesting to hear the powerkab wasn't loud enough, I've got the power toaster going into a passive kab and it's always got loads of volume. Definitely worth checking that with Kemper support I think

    • Andy Rottiers
      Andy Rottiers 5 months ago +2

      @Jack Killpatrick correct, the power amp boost needs to be at 12dB, and your powered cabs need to be at full volume for louder gigging volumes. It's in the latest manual. Otherwise you will not create the correct headroom for the cabs. Still, it only is a 112 cabinet and will not fill the stage as a 412. I bought 2 powered cabs and it helps.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Hey Jack, thanks for the tip. I will definitely check it out.

    • Jack Killpatrick
      Jack Killpatrick 5 months ago +1

      @Kbald if you haven’t already discovered it, in the Kabinet output area on the profiler there’s a Power Boost that will give you an up to 12db boost. I thought my powered Kab wasn’t loud enough until I learned about that setting.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Thanks Ollie! The Mbritt profiles are so good. I still haven’t managed to explore all the profiles I bought, there are so many good ones.
      Regarding the powerkab I might have to give it another go and see if I can solve it with placement.

  • Meteoroz
    Meteoroz 5 months ago +3

    I use a Fender Vibro Queen profile with my PRS Silver Sky through the Kemper Stage with Power Kabinet. It gives me that pure Strat SRV type tone that I've never been able to get with analog gear. I've played it live and in my studio, and it sounds great. Live I'd recommend IEMs with the Kemper direct to desk, because the Kemper Kab can't compete with a noisy stage sound, plus none of the other band members can hear it - it's such a tiny directional amp.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Yeah I can imagine the Kemper being great live with in-ears. Will look into that for sure.
      Who made that Vibro Queen profile?

  • Bennett Shapiro
    Bennett Shapiro 2 months ago +1

    We're using the Samson RSXM10 on stage with the Kemper. Love it

  • Moosey
    Moosey 5 months ago +8

    I decided to recreate my digital rig in analog by building a vacuum tube computer to emulate the modeler, sounds so warm but the only problem is that it’s the size of a small city and requires a 10 megawatt power supply.

    • Kenneth Meeker
      Kenneth Meeker 2 months ago

      Hate it when that happens

    • J R
      J R 3 months ago

      Meh, nobody's gonna listen to your playing anyways.

    • Scott Bakula
      Scott Bakula 3 months ago

      No problem. Just profile it with the Kemper!

  • Armen Mike Gabriel
    Armen Mike Gabriel 5 months ago

    Was waiting for this review. Glad its working for you. Good idea with getting 2 pedals. Try this if u like yaya. I use digitech and with the expression pedal set to hi and low ya parameters it almost sounds like a talk box- great for Frampton!
    Cheers

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Thanks for checking out the video 🙌 That definitely sounds like something I’d like to try. Would love to be able to do something like that. Thanks for the tip.

  • Ian Simmons
    Ian Simmons 5 months ago +2

    Very interesting, thank you. I love my Kemper(s). I also have the Powered Kabinet. I note that at 4:43 you say you're not getting the right monitoring results from it. Are you using the Power Amp Boost? Forgive me if you know this already, but Kemper put an update in the Kemper firmware that boosts the signal to the Kabinet. I found that without this, I, too, don't find it loud enough (if that's what you mean).
    It's on page 8 of the Output menu ('Pwr Amp Boost'). This works for the Powered Kabinet. You can increase it. They also recommend setting the Kabinet volume to flat out (yes, really!) and linking the monitor out (not the main out) to the KPA's master volume. This gives you more headroom and volume and makes the Powerkab suitable for small gigs.

    • Serkan Berksoy
      Serkan Berksoy 4 months ago

      @Kbald hi, any update about this setting? Does it solve the problem? I am thinking of buying the Powered Kabinet too for gigging.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Sounds like a pretty solid rig. I actually bought one of Bert’s profile packs as well and really like the Bogner profiles.
      Don’t think I’ve tried his Friedmans profiles yet but might give them a go.

    • Ian Simmons
      Ian Simmons 5 months ago +1

      @Kbald I have the powered Toaster, which I got back in 2017, and used successfully with a super-light Matrix NL212 cab and cab sim off. Great sound, though different of course to the full profile with cab sim on. I had a Helix LT which I used to use as backup to my Mesa Boogie MKV, but I struggled to get great sounds and feel from it, even after buying professional patches. I was then interested in digital solutions, saving my back after years of carrying valve amps.
      I was however so impressed by the Kemper (I use mainly Bert Meulendijk profiles, his Friedman and Bogner are amazing), I sold the Helix and got a Stage. That sits on my desk for practice and occasional home recording, and I now take it as a backup to gigs. Because it's not powered, I got the Powered Kabinet to use with my Toaster and Stage and have been very happy ever since. I use imprints which most closely match the speakers in the profile - in my case, V30s.
      I don't know why Kemper don't make this power tip more obvious, it's like an afterthought, but you will see it on the forums.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Hey Ian, thanks for checking out the video and thanks for the tip.
      I haven’t tried this actually and I wasn’t aware of the update on the firmware.
      I will definitely look into this.
      Glad to hear that you’re happy with your Kempers. Which ones have you got?

  • Game_Changer9
    Game_Changer9 4 months ago +1

    I run my Kemper Stage into the Seymour Duncan powerstage 200 with a Orange PPC 2x12 C Cab with V30s. The sound is absolutely incredible!

    • Game_Changer9
      Game_Changer9 4 months ago +1

      That's so awesome! I can't wait to use mines live! I just got it a few months ago. I'm so happy with it too ☺️

    • Kbald
      Kbald  4 months ago +1

      Awesome man, sounds like a great setup and I'm glad you're happy with it. I've been doing more gigs with my Kemper rigs over the last few weeks and I'm so happy with it as I've now learnt how to boost the Power Kabinet for more stage volume. Awesome stuff.

  • Anderson Carvalho
    Anderson Carvalho 5 months ago +2

    After almost 2 years of Kemper Stage, I gave up, and I will go back to valve amps again!
    Kemper is great, but depends how you will use, for big stages is very practical and for studio too. However it never will delivery the felling, it’s a bit strange maybe, you get the sound, but can’t fell it properly…

    • Chunky Cheese
      Chunky Cheese 4 months ago

      @Mike Smith yessir it's great the headload prodigy is what I use, and the di out is reactive, so if you do keep your speaker connected the actual sound of the speaker is sent,,, I don't know how they do it.. It has resistive loads inside so, you can run it at 0% no problem, 25% /50%/ 100% with speaker, at 100% it's just like micing the amp at the perfect spot with a sm57 but you don't have to mess with the mic placement etc,, it's always perfect sound

    • Mike Smith
      Mike Smith 4 months ago

      @Chunky Cheese I’m getting goosebumps. I trust the attenuator doesn’t stress the output stage of the amp? I’m well behind the curve on all the new recording tech but hear folk talking about impulse response packs and how they’ve collected 37 new amp profiles, etc. etc. but it really all feels like intercourse with a condom to me. As I get older, I just want to play instead of fiddle with controls. Les Paul Junior, P90 into a Tumnus and Naga Viper ending at a Mesa 5:25 is enough for me, but I’m not a session musician, just a sweaty bar guy.

    • Chunky Cheese
      Chunky Cheese 4 months ago

      @Mike Smith yessir running one on a vintage hand wired AC30 cranked ! Sounds oh so good

    • Mike Smith
      Mike Smith 4 months ago +1

      @Chunky Cheese nice, I’d not seen that.. 🤟

    • Chunky Cheese
      Chunky Cheese 4 months ago

      @Mike Smith radial headload is sweet ... I use it instead of mic,, and can run with 0 volume

  • Diego Wacker
    Diego Wacker 5 months ago +1

    Very good video! Thank you! I am in doubt whether to buy a combo amplifier for my Kemper Stage (for example JC120) and go through the loop return, or go directly for a Kemper Kabinet. What do you think? Aid!!!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Thanks Diego, glad you enjoyed the video.
      The reason I went for the power kabinet is that it doesn’t really ‘colour’ the tone and should therefor work as a great monitor.
      I’m sure there are many great options out there.

    • Jason McCann
      Jason McCann 5 months ago +1

      I went with a Laney LFR-112 over the Kemper Powered Kabinet. It has a "guitar in room" feel.

  • J.R. Guitar
    J.R. Guitar Month ago +1

    I am thinking about the Kemper for a while now.

  • Matt Manna
    Matt Manna 4 months ago +1

    Nice review. Are you recording with the power cabinet? Like Setting up a microphone in front of the cabinet. Or are you recording direct out?

    • Matt Manna
      Matt Manna 4 months ago +1

      @Kbald Awesome. Thank you. I am excited to watch that video as well!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  4 months ago

      Thanks Matt. No, I only use the cabinet for monitoring. I always record direct out. I’m actually filming a new video as we speak where I will be talking a bit more about the power cabinet and how I use it live now. Should be up in a few days.

  • Joe Cefalu
    Joe Cefalu 4 months ago +2

    Great sounds and tasty playing👍🏼

    • Kbald
      Kbald  4 months ago

      Thanks Joe, appreciate it 🙏☺️

  • aneyesky
    aneyesky 3 months ago

    Cool engineering! Reminds me of my fender mustang gt100 - love your music

    • Kbald
      Kbald  3 months ago

      Glad you like my music 🙏☺️ Thanks for checking out my video.

  • D. Ryan Buchanan
    D. Ryan Buchanan 5 months ago +1

    I followed a pretty similar path. I’m happy with the move to digital. I’ve always wanted and searched for a clean and organized all in one solution. I hate the cables and power supplies and pedalboards. But finally we live in a time when you don’t have to compromise on tone to have this set up. Kemper and Fractal sound amazing. I don’t really miss tube amps but they still have a place, especially for small jams with friends where I only need one sound. Great video! New subscriber here

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Thank you man, glad you enjoyed the video and welcome to my channel!
      I totally agree, it’s so much more convenient to have everything in one place.
      Over the past couple of years I was practicing and recording using plugins (before Kemper) and headphones but then used my analog rig for gigs.
      I love the fact that I can now practice through my Kemer any time of day using headphones and tweak my profiles as I go. Love the Kemper.

  • Bolec Jestem
    Bolec Jestem Month ago +1

    Great video!

    • Kbald
      Kbald  Month ago

      Thank you man 🙏☺️

  • impydies
    impydies 5 months ago

    can you use this with a regular tube amp and analog distortion pedals?

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      I did try using the Kemper with a tube amp once and it seemed to work fine. I just needed to turn off the ‘amp’ and the ‘cab’ in the Kemper signal chain. That way I could use the effects from the Kemper with a tube amp.
      There are some people who connect analog pedals to their Kempers. You would just have to place it in the right spot in the signal chain and use the Kemper as the amp/cab.

  • Mark Bois
    Mark Bois 5 months ago +1

    Have a Kemper Powerhead I use a Orange 112 loaded with a Celestion Creme 90 watt speaker. No problem being heard.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Sounds like a pretty solid rig

  • Jason King
    Jason King 5 months ago

    Run the Kemper Powered Kabinet flat out and adjust level from the monitor out

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Thanks for the tip

  • Sever More
    Sever More 5 months ago +1

    😱🤯🤨 dude.... you don't sell the amps..... you simply add the Kemper to the arsenal.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Well this time it was a matter of selling to be able to afford the Kemper. The amps will come back in, for sure.

  • Matthew Earl
    Matthew Earl 5 months ago

    got rid of my kemper and got an axefx 3

  • MiMiM MiM
    MiMiM MiM 5 months ago

    Did I make the right decision selling my kids in order to buy Kemper?

  • 417altavista
    417altavista 2 months ago

    It’s a baritone guitar

  • God Zoo
    God Zoo 13 days ago

    But can it give you a tone like Wes Montgomery or George Benson?

    • Kbald
      Kbald  13 days ago

      If you profile an amp like they used/use, you should get that exact sound. The Kemper can give you any amp tone if you have the right profile.
      The right profile combined with a good Hollowbody and a similiar playing style to Montgomery/Benson should give you the right tone 👍

  • Claus Schoßleitner
    Claus Schoßleitner 5 months ago

    hy i have also a lot of mbritt profiles but could not figure out which 72 marshall 50 1 you have there, in which pack is this special 72 marshall 50 1 profile?

    • Claus Schoßleitner
      Claus Schoßleitner 5 months ago

      @Kbald thx for fast response👍

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Hey Claus, the 72 Marshall profiles are from the Vintage Pack by Mbritt. I use the cleanest one and then add some Kemper drive (Klon 1) to add some dirt to it. Love that profile.

  • Francesco Ferrara
    Francesco Ferrara 5 months ago

    Cool, until footswiches start to fail.....

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago +1

      Sounds like it, fingers crossed that mine will survive a bit longer

    • Francesco Ferrara
      Francesco Ferrara 5 months ago

      @Kbald everyone i know owns the stage had that problem, i had it too, several footswitches started to fail after one year more or less, really annoyng.

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      That is always a possibility

  • Ivan Pipinić Pipo music and lessons

    I use yamaha dxr 10 frfr, and know i will use in ears...

    • Kbald
      Kbald  5 months ago

      Yeah man, in ears are without a doubt great with a Kemper. Gonna look into that myself.

  • Javier Vega
    Javier Vega 4 months ago

    en español please!!